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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Chapter Twenty-Four

The Thematic Details Column

Of the three major plotlines (the dramatic action plot, the character emotional development plot, and the thematic significance plot), the thematic significance plot brings meaning to the effect the two other plotlines have on each other. Even if you’re just pre-plotting story ideas, it’s never too early to begin thinking about the themes of your story and the meaning your reader will be left with in the end.

Begin by tracking the general theme(s) in each scene. Common story themes include the following:

  • family
  • relationships
  • revenge
  • jealousy
  • rivalry
  • betrayal
  • love
  • death

By the time you’ve reached the end, you’ll likely experience that “eureka!” moment: “Oh, so that’s what my story is all about.” At ...

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